Are Single Supplements?
supplements are the surcharges cruise lines add to make up for the revenue lost
when only one person occupies a cabin.
One of the great
misconceptions about cruise pricing comes from the way cabins are
marketed. Like hotel rooms, cruise cabins are actually priced by the lines
(and their revenue yield departments) as a per cabin cost. However, to
make cruising seem more affordable, they are marketed as a per person
cost. Very few single travelers think twice about paying the full room cost at
a hotel, because hotel prices are quoted per room, but balk at paying a
supplement for cruises since they are priced per person.
Of course, a
solo traveler saves the cruise line a bit as they don't eat as much as two
onboard (though the cost of food per day per person is much lower than most
think), don't use as much water, etc. However, they also don't spend as
much onboard as a cabin with two occupants, nor do they tend to tip the crew at
the same levels. While many solos do spend and tip more than each
individual in a double occupancy cabin, that is still some lost revenue and tip
income for the cruise line and crew.
As an advocate
for solo travelers, I do believe a 100% fare supplement is excessive. A
supplement of 75% is more justified, and any time the supplement is 50% or less,
the solo is really getting a true discount. I make this argument to the
cruise lines, with statistical backup, but it sometimes falls on deaf
ears. However, I'm not easily deterred and will continue to work toward
Do also be aware
that some lines not only charge a single supplement on the base cruise fare, but
also the port charges/non-commissionable fares which are bundled into the
advertised price. These amounts aren't the true port taxes (those are
separately broken out as "taxes") and are actually amounts that the
cruise lines tack on to cover "operating expenses." They truly are
additional fares on which they don't pay commission. I strongly feel a
supplement on these is excessive. Of the major lines, only Royal
Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara don't charge a supplement for the
It is key for
solo travelers to be aware of supplements, but to make decisions not based on a
supplement percentage, but the overall price. There are times when a fare
is so low, even a 100% supplement is still an excellent value.
Who Are Solo Cruisers?
Solo cruisers are simply that - people who prefer to travel in their own cabin. Many are singles, widowed or divorced. Others are marrieds who prefer their own cabin (usually because one or both snore!). Some married people don't share the same vacation preferences, so one may go camping while the other goes cruising. There are many reasons my clients prefer to travel solo, and I'm here to ensure you get the best value possible!
While many solo cruisers are also single, SinglesCruiseResource is not designed to help you find "singles" cruises. While I can advise you which lines, ships or itineraries might have more singles or solo travelers onboard, I am not setting up "singles" cruises. In addition, I don't offer a roommate matching service.
While I do specialize in solo occupancy cruising, many of my clients also sometimes travel with others. As a full-service cruise specialist, I can assist with any of your cruise needs: solo travel, double occupancy, families, groups, family reunions, business conferences and incentives. If you have a cruise need, feel free to contact me!